Year 10, Book 68

68. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlln Olympics by Daniel James Brown

One of my book clubs always reads the selection for the One Maryland, One Book project. This book was this year’s selection. That book club is going through a bit of a difficult time, so I’m actually the only one who wound up reading it. I’m very glad I did though because it’s an excellent book. It’s a great mix of the history of rowing, information on the techniques involved, and what was going on in Germany and Europe that made the 1936 Olympics such a big deal historically. This is all balanced out with the more personal stories of the boys on the University of Washington team and their coach. Although you do get some background on a number of the boys on the team the story particularly focuses on Joe Rantz who had an incredibly hard life. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand’s books Seabiscuit or Unbroken. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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